4 Common Water Damage Dangers From Floodwater
Floods bring a lot more than excess water into your home. If you have experienced water damage from flooding in your home in Corona, here are four problems you will face addition to excess water:
Floodwater should always be treated like it is contaminated (more often than not, it is). Water from outside sources (rivers, streams, septic lines) poses very harmful dangers to your health. Biohazards and grossly contaminated water can cause serious health symptoms on contact or if ingested. Water flooded into your home may have come into contact with household chemicals; which also adds to the contamination level of floodwater.
Within 24-48 hours following any type of water damage, mold growth begins. As long as moisture is present, mold growth will continue to spread. Because mold reproduces through microscopic pores, it can spread through the air to other areas of the home, not just the area that was flooded. Mold in the air causes a lot of respiratory symptoms, such as: coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat, headaches, and dizziness. Lingering water damage and inadequate drying will greatly contribute to mold growth, and without a quick response and proper water damage cleanup equipment, you leave your home at major risk for mold growth.
- Electrical Problems
As soon as flooding is discovered, all power to the affected area should be turned off. Water and electricity do not mix. Water damage can cause blown circuits, damaged electrical appliances, and even fires and electrocution. Any wiring, outlets, or appliances that have been exposed to floodwaters need to be treated as hazardous and should not be turned back on.
- Structural Problems
Flood damage that has not been quickly or properly cleaned up will weaken your home’s structural stability. Walls, floors, ceilings, and even the very foundation of your home are all affected by water damage. These structural components are made out of materials that are porous, so when water damage occurs they absorb the excess moisture – causing swelling, warping, and deterioration over time. The biggest risk with structural damage is that most of it goes unseen until the problem is so severe that it cannot be ignored. You cannot see hidden moisture behind walls, under floorboards, in the foundation or the ceiling until they have become so saturated that they begin to swell, warp, bend, crack, and deteriorate.
Water Damage In Corona
This all seems really overwhelming, but the good news in all of this is that PRC is here for you. Regardless of the type and amount of damage your home has sustained, our water damage restoration technicians are available 24/7 to help you recover from the effects of water damage. With over 20 years of meeting and exceeding our client’s needs, PRC specializes in all types of water damage removal and restoration services. We know how quickly water damage compounds, and we know the seriousness of the other problems water damage often leads to. That is why we are available 365 days out of the year to respond to your needs as soon as possible. If you are in Corona or the surrounding area, call PRC the moment water damage strikes.